The Counseling Program at Contra Costa High Schools

The College Wellness Program

The College Wellness Program serves students in two high schools on Contra Costa College Campus, Gateway to College and Middle College High School. Our program supports two high schools located on the Contra Costa Community College campus in San Pablo. Gateway to College is an alternative high school for students with low GPA who are at risk of not graduating. Middle College works with students earning a high school diploma while simultaneously working toward the completion of AA degrees.

We work with young people ages 13-21, many of whom face continuous traumatic stress and multiple kinds of oppression. The training is rooted in an integrative, social justice perspective, with an emphasis on community building and close collaboration with school staff.

We provide individual and group counseling, psychoeducational workshop, and crisis services to high school students, and consultations to school staff. We place great emphasis on community building, identifying community resources, and building and strengthtening networks of support for our clients.

In the training program, Wright Institute graduate student-counselors learn about strength-based and collaborative approaches to group and individual counseling. We utilize principles of Narrative Therapy and Attachment, Regulation and Competencies (ARC) Framework, and evidence based approach for treatment of trauma for children and adolescents. We pay attention to systemic issues impacting our students and focus on developing cultural responsivity as well as structural competency in our work.

Our training program also provides comprehensive training on complex and developmental trauma, group facilitation, and working with adolescent population. We incorporate trauma informed principles throughout our training and focus on developing collaborative spaces for our trainees while working with them to develop self-care practices and address impacts of trauma exposure encountered in the work.

Social justice in counseling relationships is advanced through experiential learning in which student-counselors examine the social and cultural contexts that influence their lives and those of their students in areas such as race, gender, ability, spirituality, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, and immigration status. Paying particular attention to resisting dominant, negative ideas about marginalized groups facilitates the development of a positive self-image for youth. We incorporporate advocacy into our work in collaboration with our clients.


This program is free to the high school students receiving services.

Program Director:
Daniela Kantorova, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Services
Deanna van Ligten, Psy.D.